Onstage and Backstage podcast from Hal Leonard is available on iTunes and Libsyn. Each episode authors and their guests have a chat about the topics of their books. Today, Misha Berson (author of Something’s Coming, Something Good) and David Saint (editor of The Rest of the Story by Arthur Laurents) discuss West Side Story: the stage musical, the film, the legacy. This episode was recorded at a live Q&A at the Drama Book Shop in New York at the release of Something’s Coming, Something Good.
Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination takes a critical, comprehensive look at one of the most inventive, influential, and internationally beloved Broadway musicals of all time – from its inception by a brilliant quartet of creators (Robbins, Bernstein, Sondheim, and Laurents) to its smashing success on film, to its ongoing popularity on stages around the world and its potent impact on the Great American Musical.
Arthur Laurents passed away early in 2011 but not before writing The Rest of the Story, in which he revealed all that had happened in his life since Original Story By, filled with the wisdom he gained in growing older and a new perspective brought on by Laurents’ experience of deep personal loss, including the death of his longtime companion, Tom Hatcher. The book ends with a loving and insightful coda by Laurent’s good friend and the editor of this book, David Saint.